Is This My Cohort?

You are part of the 2015 cohort if you first enrolled at Purdue in fall 2015 and qualified for one or more of the following scholarships:

  • Purdue Promise (must also have been a confirmed 21st Century Scholar)
  • Emerging Leader (EL) along with Purdue Promise

Important Notes and Policies for My Cohort

“Pre” Majors, Exploratory Studies, and CODO

If you anticipate being in a “pre” major (examples: Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Communication, Pre-Management) during the 2014-2015 academic year, you should seek guidance from your advisor and Purdue Promise Coach on where you stand in your program of study and possible implications for on-time graduation and financial aid. Your goal should be that you are prepared and eligible to move into upper-division coursework by the end of this academic year. You cannot graduate in a “pre” major, so if you are not meeting requirements to proceed in upper division coursework, you should meet with your advisor to discuss the CODO process and whether switching to a new major is in your best interest.

Exploratory Studies students have up to four semesters to decide on a major. Most transfer to a degree-granting school/college during their second semester or at the beginning of their third semester. If you are Exploratory Studies, you must transfer to a degree-granting school/college by the end of your fourth semester. If you are still undecided at that time, you may be referred to Liberal Arts Undecided. You should be working close with your advisor to find a major you feel committed to and can be successful in. The process for declaring your major is outlined here.

CODO is the process by which students change majors, and is outlined here. Before deciding to change your major, you need to understand impact on your plan of study and expected graduation date, as well as your financial aid; particularly if changing your major will put you off-track to graduate in four years. Seek guidance from your advisor about plan of study options and CODO requirements, and seek advice from your Purdue Promise Coach about scholarship implications. If going through the CODO process will push back your expected graduation date, you should consider summer school as an option to catch up, and will need to fill out the summer aid application to get financial assistance.

30-60-90 Credit Completion Requirement for 21st Century Scholars

The State instituted a new policy beginning with your cohort that requires 21st Century Scholars to meet credit completion markers to remain eligible for their scholarship. Your credit completion requirements are:

  • 30 total credits completed by the end summer 2016
  • 60 total credits completed by the end of summer 2017
  • 90 total credits completed by the end of summer 2018

All AP credit, dual enrollment credit, and transfer credit accepted by Purdue and applied to your Purdue transcript counts toward this requirement. It is recommended that you take 15 credits per semester to meet or stay ahead of this requirement and graduate on time (in four years).

Resources regarding this requirement include:

First-Year Support Statement

These requirements only apply to students who entered Purdue Promise in 2015. Please download the appropriate agreement to see the full list of requirements based on your scholarship (including the specific GPA). This list is not exhaustive.


Purdue Promise Support Program

2015-2016 First-Year Support Statement

As a Purdue Promise Program Participant (regardless of scholarship status), I understand that I should:

  1. Strive for academic excellence. This includes attending all of my classes, studying regularly, and remaining in contact with Purdue Promise staff, academic advisors, TFCS College Mentors, and course instructors.
  2. Utilize Purdue Promise academic support resources (including tutoring and free printing) and/or seek referrals from my Coach to other academic ( and personal support resources.
  3. Seek leadership and professional development opportunities either within Student Success at Purdue or elsewhere within the University. I understand that leadership and personal development can be satisfied by a number of experiences. Such examples include undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, community service, employment, and student organization membership.
  4. Attend periodic open study and social hours hosted by Purdue Promise to meet new people and engage with program staff and student leaders.
  5. Work with the Student Employment Office to secure an on-campus job if I am offered Federal Work Study funds and I am seeking employment.
  6. Update Purdue Promise staff and myPurdue with any changes in my contact information.
  7. Discuss with a Purdue Promise staff member any concerns I may have regarding financial aid, employment, and/or personal life issues that may negatively affect my academic performance. Also address with my Purdue Promise Coach any of the topics noted on the “If you’re thinking about …” handout to be certain my scholarship(s) are not jeopardized.


For specific requirements, please download the appropriate agreement below based on the scholarship award you receive and your current status:

Note: Contracts for new students beginning fall 2015 will be available prior to STAR, during which new Purdue Promise students must meet with Purdue Promise staff in Stanley Coulter (SC) G030 to sign a contract.